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Construction Update #1: Fiberglass Shells 
16th-Jun-2008 08:30 pm
I heard from the Oliver factory last week that they had completed the fabrication of our fiberglass shell. Today, they sent me some pictures!

Unlike the Casita, which is made from just two fiberglass molds, the Oliver is constructed from four. This creates a double-hulled shell which provides for much better insulation. It also allows for the cabinets and seats and other fixtures to be molded right into the fiberglass, creating a seamless and more durable interior than you would get from fiberglass fixtures bonded onto the external shell, or attached via rivets. This double hull also allows for all the tanks, wiring, plumbing, and other mechanical guts to be protected and hidden in the space between the shells.

Having all the tanks on the inside will make them much less susceptible to freezing as well.

It is a brilliant design, and it is a treat to get to watch all the pieces coming together.

Outside Bottom Shell
This is the view looking into the external bottom shell of our Oliver. You can clearly see the wheel wells. The bottom half of the door will be cut into the shell on the bottom right. The fresh and grey water tanks will lay flat along the length of the bottom.

You can really get a sense for Oliver's attention to detail by looking closely at the bottom edge here. Rather than just cutting holes into smooth fiberglass for thing like the heater vents, every future cut into the shell is recessed in the fiberglass mold itself - making for a cleaner and more professional look when finished.

Inside Bottom Shell - Gell Coat Application
This is the inside bottom shell of our Oliver, resting upside down. The area to the bottom right is where the toilet will sit, over the black water tank. The recessed area in the middle is foot well for the small dinette.

Inside Top Shell
This is a photo of the interior top shell of our Oliver. The top half of the front door is clearly visible. To the left of the door is the space that will become the inside of the kitchen cabinets. The large flat U-shaped area will become the wraparound interior storage cabinets.

Inside Top Shell
The is another angle on the interior top shell. It really gives you a good sense of how much upper cabinet storage space there will be.

Outside Top Shell
This is a view looking into the exterior top shell. The front of the trailer is to the left. You can see the front door on the bottom left, and also the space where the side window will soon be carved out.

Bathroom & Closet Walls Bathroom & Closet Walls
These two photos show the smaller fiberglass pieces that will eventually become the walls dividing the bathroom and closet from the main living space.

This week they will be fabricating our frame. I will post here as soon as I get more pictures!
17th-Jun-2008 01:33 am (UTC)
aww... It's like an ultrasound, only more colorful and less scary looking.
17th-Jun-2008 01:43 am (UTC)
That's so neat that you're able to watch the construction of your new home like that!
17th-Jun-2008 02:17 am (UTC)
wow! that is so cool they sending ya pics of the progress!
17th-Jun-2008 02:53 am (UTC)
This virtual tour appeals to my nerdy side. So fun to see how it all works and fits together.
17th-Jun-2008 09:51 am (UTC)
i get the feeling that you're excited... ya know. at least a little bit.

17th-Jun-2008 10:03 am (UTC)
Hehehe, sort of like the sonogram pics you get as your baby is growing. :-)
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